Islamabad - Pakistan's Cricket Board on
Tuesday announced Sarfraz Ahmed as new captain of the T20 team after Shahid
Afridi stepped down following his side's humiliating early exit from the World
A statement on the PCB website described
Ahmed - who led the Quetta Gladiators to the final in Pakistan's first-ever
franchise-based T20 league in February - as a "natural choice" for
"I spoke to Sarfraz this morning and
conveyed to him that he was our natural choice for this position. His
appointment is open-ended. I wish him good luck in his new role," it
quoted PCB chairman Sheheryar Khan as saying.
Afridi resigned as captain on Sunday after
his team's exit from the tournament's group stage.
Waqar Younis resigned as head coach of the
Pakistan team on Monday.
The 2009 T20 champions were widely
criticised for a lacklustre performance at the latest tournament, with just one
victory against unfancied Bangladesh and big losses to India, New Zealand and
Veterans like Shahid Afridi and Shoaib
Malik have been singled out.
Ahmed, a 28-year right-handed
wicketkeeper-batsman, has played 21 T20 Internationals and the same number of
Test matches as well as 58 one-day internationals.